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and welcome to my Vladivostok page.
Indeed, there is little info one can find about this place in English. We like it here ourselves and perhaps are not too much into advertising;) I would recommend Wikipedia to grab a couple of quick facts about the city. As for some more pics, you can find them here.
is the third greatest Russian city after Moscow and St Petersburg (and I mean, not just biggest - as it is not, but certainly greatest)
is to host the APEC-2012 summit, so the construction development is on the rise. Two huge bridges are being constructed – one across Golden Horn Bay, another one to link Russki Island with the mainland. The construction sites stun with their scale: come and witness these historic moments.
is the most European city in Asia as well as one of the safest places to start exploring Russia and observing ‘bizarre’ Russian folks
is the terminus of the Trans-Siberian railway, though here we believe it to be its starting point lol
has a compact downtown area crammed with buildings of all architectural styles (see the pics) and lots of sorts of everything. Take your time to discover some amazing city nooks and crannies that will impress you with their 150-year-old charm.
is not a place to visit in case you are looking for tigers and bears within the city limits - they are gone, having left some traces in the city toponymy, such as Tiger Hill with its three tiger sculptures.
is a marvelous place to fight against one’s overweight: scattered among the hills it sometimes can make a walk a good hike, and thus helps its hard-working citizens stay fit.
Vladivostok public toilets –
Are paid. But smart locals are not likely to bother about them, as public toilets are for those who do not know where NORMAL free toilets are. And there is a lot of them in the downtown area – in the shopping centers, cafes, cinemas, etc. See how many ones you can find and drop me a line :)P
Vladivostok Airport –
Yes, its international terminal is no outstanding piece of architecture, but it is to be knocked down, and the new one is currently being built for the APEC-2012 summit. Drop into the domestic terminal just to have a look around, this one has been renovated in 2007: drink a cup of coffee on the second floor while watching the planes take off and land through the glass wall.
(TIP: free toilets are located in the underground level of both terminals, but those in the domestic terminal are a far cry better)
Vladivostok beggars –
Are just like any other beggars. They normally sit on the steps of the underground pedestrian passages and sometimes by the churches asking for alms. Either ignore them or give them a rouble. They are not dangerous and will never pursue you.
Vladivostok gypsies –
There are very few, as the city is located too far from Europe;) You are not likely to see them at all, only in case you take a suburban train. Absolutely ignore them.
Vladivostok “ugly-concrete-Soviet-era apartment buildings" –
Sooner or later you are bound to behold these. But they will have to be knocked down within 25 years or so, otherwise they will collapse like a house of cards as their exploitation time will have expired. So perceive these as a piece of history and do not forget to take some historic pictures.
Vladivostok Burger –
Is as bad and unhealthy as McDonald’s, so if you like McDonald’s you will enjoy our Burger (by the way, its toiled is paid, what a shame)
All in all,
Bon voyage and see you around;)
- Pros:A vibrant city full or 'typical' Russian things to discover
- Cons:One of the most expensive places in Russia
- In a nutshell:MY XXL LOVE:)
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